Posted 3 years ago
I bought this Hawaiian Bell telephone stock certificate some years ago. I thought it was unusual because the Hawaiian Telephone Co was never a Bell System Company. With a little research I discovered in 1880 the petition for a charter of incorporation the name being offered was Hawaii Telephone Company. The word Bell was added to the name out of courtesy to the inventor. In 1894 Hawaiian Bell Telephone Co was merged in to Mutual Telephone Co. Mutual Telephone Co operated under that name intil 1967 when it was purchased by GTE Corp and the name went back to GTE Hawaii Telephone Co. Later to become Verizon Hawaii, Inc. I have added a book The Hawaii Telephone Story copyright 1958 by the Hawaiian Telephone Company. written by William A Simonds for the seventy fifth anniversary of the founding of the Hawaiian Telephone Company.